16 FebOvercoming the First Few Weeks
The hardest part of getting into the gym and staying true to your fitness goals, is getting past the first 2-3 weeks. Hands down what makes or breaks someones fitness goals. It is easy to say you want to get in shape, but actually doing it proves to be a bit more difficult.
The best example of this is New Years resolutions. This is also the most feared time for people that go to the gym on a regular basis. The first couple weeks of the New Year, the gym is typically packed with people that are ready to make a change. However, come February 1st, the same gym slowly becomes less packed. Why? People become discouraged.
There are a few reasons as to why people become discouraged. The biggest reason is time commitment. Just like anything in life, you get what you give. Striving to dedicate an hour to the gym every day is a step in the right direction. The other main reason, is that people become discouraged with the lack of results. Weight loss and muscle gain don’t happen overnight. The Grand Canyon didn’t form overnight and neither did those bodies you see on TV.
Some tried and true things that will help overcome that first month failure:
- Find a workout buddy. Someone that goes with you that has similar goals so that you can push each other. Peer to peer competition is healthy and helps push you past those road blocks and excuses.
- Set a plan. Either enlist in the help of a friend or professional or do some research on the internet to get you started. And follow that plan.
- Enlist in a good diet and supplement. Both of these combined can be used to fuel your goals and help in recover.
- Be Smart. Don’t under push yourself because your results will come slower. In the same idea, don’t over train because you will burn yourself out. Find right balance for you.
- Set realistic goals. This goes hand in hand with being smart. Don’t set the bar so high that it is unachievable.
The biggest thing to remember is results take time. But I assure you that when they come, it will not only be rewarding but push you to continue and strive for more. Nothing is more satisfying than being able to look in the mirror and say that you did it.